Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.4
173 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Area's Authentic Seafood Restaurant The experience that you will have at Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is uniquely Wilmington, North Carolina. Our specialty is Cape Fear cuisine, including fresh local seafood, fresh vegetables, and local craft beer. When you walk through our doors, take a look around. You will see many items that are a part of our history. The shells inside the tables have been brought to us by many guests throughout the years. Nameplates on the bar designate locals that have told many a tale. News releases show Hieronymus cooking for Bryant Gumbel on the Today Show. You might copy a recipe for soft shell crab or take a gander at some of the "stars" that have dropped by for dinner.
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My husband and I were looking for great seafood while in Wilmington. This restaurant did not disappoint. Their catch of the day Carolina style was very yummy, as were the fried shrimp. The praline cheesecake is phenomenal as well. We sat on the patio, which was quiet and low key. Service was wonderful. We will definitely visit again!

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LaTanyaJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first dined on the Memorial Day 2021 weekend. We enjoyed it so much in fact that we returned and ate there the very next night--ordered the same menu items. So, for a family celebration, we decided to return and Hieronymus did not disappoint. I was a little sad that the Red Drum was not available for me to try (they only had Flounder) but that's okay--I will try next time. Our waitress was attentive and answered all of our questions. I will say it's hard to eat and then have an almost two hour drive to return home. The "I"-tis is real! LOL!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as usual and service was wonderful!!

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vipKentM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I decided to have dinner at Hieronymus. Johnny is famous for his margaritas. I like some of their other cocktails as well, and they have a full bar, decent wine list and decent beer list on top of that, but I am a sucker for Johnny’s margaritas. He puts a couple of additional ingredients in there, salts the glass, and finishes it off with a little Grand Marnier. Not too sweet, not too tart, just right.

Hieronymus offers an entire steamer platter of clams, oysters, shrimp, mussels and crab legs, or get most of the shellfish individually on their own. They also typically have a couple of species of raw oysters. That night, I went with 6 raw oysters. They were a local species (local being within 100 miles) and they were good. I use the lemon juice generously with just a tiny amount of cocktail sauce on each oyster, and was quite happy.

Many times in the past I will order their she crab soup as an appetizer. Hieronymus is famous for their she crab soup. It is a rich creamy soup with fresh crab and comes with Sherry mixed in to give it that special flavor. Unfortunately, the roux for that soup has a lot of vegetable oil in it that doesn’t agree with me. As long as the vegetable oil doesn’t bother you, this soup is worth the trip.

Hieronymus always has fresh fish on the menu depending on what was available locally that day. I opted for the red drum and was very pleased. Red drum is a whitefish but as its a bottom feeder it’s not the standard choice for many seafood places. However, one of the cool things about Hieronymus is that they have six different ways to prepare all their fresh catch of the day. Over the years I have tried them all. The Carolina is my frequent choice, but I felt like blackened was the Over the years I have tried them all. The Carolina is my frequent choice, but I felt like blackened was the right match for the red drum and I was right.

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ChrisH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service wasn't great but considering the pandemic it was reasonable. What wasnt reasonable was waiting over an hour for my fish only to find out that "as they were taking it off the grill someone bumped and he dropped it on the floor." It also happened to be the "last piece of swordfish". Then the replacement salmon was out suspiciously fast.

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ScottP
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My wife and I drove down from Lake Norman to attend the Glass Animals concert in Wilmington and decided to eat before the concert at Hieronymus. Outstanding food and outstanding service. We will definitely eat here again whenever we are in town.

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CandaceB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We were sat at a tiny bar height table with 4 people. Barely enough room for plates and cups. The food was mediocre at best. We were very disappointed and our bill was outrageous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Little things that cost nothing would help. Many tables wobble, should be shimmed. Side dishes were not very hot, fries were under cooked. Most likely will not return. Server had no clue about oysters or the types of fish offered.

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OpenTable Diner
Kazakhstan
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We looked for reviews of locally owned restaurants and found this one - It was just what we were looking for! Delicious food. No frills. Great service. And good local color! We will go back next time we visit Wilmington!

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AshleyM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The shrimp and scallops did not taste fresh. They were over cooked and the scallops had an odd, bitter aftertaste. The Mediterranean pasta was cold and bland. The bread that came with the crab dip was soggy from being soaked in butter. I really wanted to like this place, but it was disappointing, especially considering the prices ): The servers were very sweet and accommodating.

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Recon27
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited from Washington DC. All the downtown waterfront restaurants has 2 hour waits. We ventured over to Hieronymous and sat on their outdoor patio. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. We ended up having really delicious meals and a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this place!

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vipnyitalian
Norfolk
15 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Our waitress Jess was one of the best I have ever had. Highly recommend.

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vipSPH126
Orlando
36 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and atmosphere was outstanding. I do not live in Wilmington but look forward to returning soon to dine here.

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vipJAG2020
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Above average seafood Restraunt where fresh fish can be prepared several ways. The fried dishes we’re above average the oyster Rockefeller appetizer stood out . The service was very good.

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vipHank
Wilmington
130 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Michelle our server did a great job with a packed house. Mahi-Mahi with nut crust, Blackened Flounder and scallops and steamed clams. A wonderful local family run place with something for everyone to enjoy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the place it was nice and Quant. The food was excellent and the girls are working there tails for the people. Highly recommend

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sandraw
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was very nice and food was delicious. I had the Shrimp and Grits.

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BrianR
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

A normal seafood restaurant. Service was good, quickly seated with reservation. Good was good and had grilled fish where we didn’t want fried options.

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viplaxcoach
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the crab soup was out of this world!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Not a good value at all. You're better off going to Long John Silvers

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Zepfan84
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exceptional service make Hieronymous a must try in Wilmington, N.C.

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Authentic
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Our server Matthew was excellent. The timing of courses was perfect. Less hectic then the summer tourist locations. Down to earth and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great online reservation. Very friendly service. Great food.

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Raymond
Wilmington
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We don’t come here often enough.
All around good service and good food from the back of the house.
Restaurant appears managed well, everybody on the floor working together to seat, serve and clear. Food came out smoothly.
Will come back.

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MartyC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was great. I ordered a Dark and Stormy for $9.00 and it was awful. Didn’t come with any limes and tasted like crap. The bar tender obviously had no idea what the hell he was doing. Other than that the place was great!

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DocShrop
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outstanding she crab soup. Oysters we're small but very tasty. Shrimp and grits was amazing. Also, Brennan was a fabulous waiter.

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hometown feel to the restaurant. We had the Steamed Oysters, Steemer, Flounder, and
Mahi-mahi.

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DougB
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, relaxed, but a bit expensive. The shrimp and scallops were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Best Shrimp & Grits ever

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DebbieD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hieronymus is an icon in Wilmington that you don't want to miss! Honestly the best fish entree I have ever eaten!

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ValerieE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Waitress Was friendly and accommodating. Food was cold when brought to the table. Ordered grilled shrimp and it came blackened. Waitress immediately replaced the dish. Servers were very young and inexperienced

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a 5:30 pm reservation and had to wait for approximately 20 minutes to be seated. However the hostess were very apologetic and attentive. After being seated, the service and food were great. It was a very accommodating dinner served out. If you like seafood, I recommend you try this establishment. This restaurant is on my top 3 list of places to eat in Wilmington, NC.

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AndreaP
London
10 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Tasty local seafood restaurant! We enjoyed the ambience and the friendly service, definitely recommend to have a meal here if you’re visiting the coastal towns of NC!

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vipPumpkin
Raleigh
82 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The fresh fish is always good. I had blackened corvina, and enjoyed it; the others in our party also enjoyed their meals, although my husband said he would not order fried red drum again. Salads were good, but the supposedly steamed broccoli and cauliflower turned out to be brocolini swimming in butter sauce. The watery sauce filled the plate and I had to move my fish to my bread plate. Disappointing.
Service was unfortunately quite slow. We could see that our server was busy (not just standing around chatting or whatever), but once our friends arrived it was 25-30 minutes before our server even greeted them and took their drink orders. He did well while he was there, and I suspect that, like many other restaurants, they were short handed.
We will be back; Hieronymous is one of of favorite restaurants. I don’t know that our friends were impressed enough to plan a return visit

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Charmag
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service with Michelle.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a but come down every now and then to see friends. Been coming here for 35 plus years. Never disappointed. We now live in VA. When we do come back to this area, we always eat here. Service last night was "spot on"! Food, as the "usual" great! Looking forward to our next trip down!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food quality and service was all OK …. No issues, but nothing to write home about with exception of the nut crusted lobster sauce option for their fresh catches of the day … I chose the swordfish … the sauce with a hint of cinnamon was very good

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TracyE
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, atmosphere was great. Price was good. 2nd time going, will be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent. Made reservation days before, but still had to wait longer than I thought for seating. Slow pace.

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FrankR
Wilmington
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very nice family dinner. Our waitress, Jessica, was pleasant and very efficient. Food came quickly and was quite good. All 4 in our party were very pleased.

FAQs

Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (910) 218-2048.

Hieronymus Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.